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Weekly Teacher Download for September 9

2019 September 5
by HISD Communications

Academic Day Survey: Are you a teacher that attended the Academic Day trainings held in August? Please take a moment to complete a six-question survey to help Academic Support Services learn more about your learning experience.


PowerUp Saturday: All teachers are invited to PowerUp Saturday on September 14 to learn more about how to effectively use technology to enhance instruction. Location is still being decided. If you are interested, please register in OneSource, course #764001.

Innovation Fund Program: The HISD Foundation is now accepting applications for its Innovation Fund program until September 20, which provides funds for teachers and schools to develop innovative projects that lead to increased student success. In addition, individual schools can apply for a $10,000 – $20,000 grant to innovate learning in their classrooms, and two or more schools in the same feeder pattern can apply for a School Feeder Grant of $10,000 – $20,000. To apply for the grant, teachers and schools can click here. Teacher and school applications will be awarded based on their alignment to district initiatives and impact on student success. For more information about the fund program, click here.

Free Flu Shots: HISD’s Benefits Department will be offering all employees an opportunity to receive a free flu shot at all campuses beginning September 16. Influenza (“flu”) is a contagious disease that spreads around the country every year, usually between October and May. Flu is caused by influenza viruses and is spread mainly by coughing, sneezing, and close contact. Anyone can get the flu, but people working in schools or other closed environments are more exposed than others and therefore more likely to get infectious diseases. For a complete schedule, click here.

Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP): Teachers must submit their IPDP by September 20 via the Feedback and Development Tool section of the TADS Tool. If you need support for the process in writing your IPDP, please consider reviewing and accessing the tools–HISD PSD Website and TADS Toolbox. Also, teachers will be able to access their student performance measures beginning September 20 and will have until September 27 to go in to the Student Performance Tool section of the TADS Tool to acknowledge the measures that have been assigned to them.

Gifted and Talented Info Session: HISD’s Gifted and Talented Department will host a Gifted and Talented Parent Informational Session on Monday, September 16 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Board Auditorium at Hattie Mae White (4400 West 18th St., 77092). The session is intended to inform parents about the services offered within the district and provide overview about the Gifted and Talented programs. Parents who would like to learn more about the Gifted and Talented/Vanguard Program within HISD should attend. Students are not required to attend, nor will there be childcare. To RSVP, click here. For more information about the info session, click here.

Parent University: The district will kick off its second ear of Parent University on Tuesday, September 17 from 5:15-6 p.m., at all district campuses. The workshops will connect parents and children to resources offered by the district to create successful academic careers as well as safe and healthy environments at home and at school. A variety of district and community program representatives and experts will be available for parents to connect with individually. Translators will be on hand, as well as dinner and childcare will be provided. For more information, click here.


CIRCLE Assessment: Are you a prekindergarten teacher looking for a user-friendly, progress monitoring tool to track your students’ achievements? You are invited to attend an introductory online training for CIRCLE Assessment on September 10. The technology-driven tool allows teachers to quickly assess a child’s progress in a particular skill level and should be administered to individual pre-k students by the classroom teacher three times within the academic year. Teachers can use the assessment results to plan and differentiate instruction. If interested, register in OneSource, course #7400174007. For a suggested CIRCLE testing schedule, click here.


Student Poll Worker Campaign: Did you know that in Texas, high school students aged 16 years and older can get paid to work the polls on Election Day? The Harris County Clerk launched their Step Up to Serve campaign to encourage civic participation and give students an inside look at the elections process. Students can apply to work in the upcoming November 5 elections from September 3-27, HISD staff is encouraged to support the campaign on social media and recruit students for participation. For more information and the student permission slip, click here.

HUB Webinar: Join Instructional Technology for the first-ever HUB Webinar on September 12 at 4:30 p.m. This webinar will give you a general overview of the HUB, how to set up your course dashboard and the HUB Tip of the Month. To register, click here.

CTE Training: The CTE department is hosting a variety of learning sessions during early dismissal on September 27, 2019.  Come learn strategies for building a positive classroom environment at the “Build a Positive Learning Environment” workshop at Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy, Room 310 (1906 Cleburne St.,77004) . If interested, register in OneSource, course #1438354.  Participants can also learn best practices for integrating SolidWorks and achieving CSWA status at Waltrip High School (1900 W. 34th St., 77018), Room 1106. Register in OneSource, course #1439002.

Free Internet Hotspots for Students: The Sprint Foundation will once again donate free internet access to high school students who do not have high-speed internet at home. A partnership with the Sprint 1 Million Project, the program aims to provide internet hotspots to eligible high school students enrolled in a PowerUp Campus. Eligible students will keep the mobile hotspot throughout their high school career (four years) at no cost to the families. To identify those students in need during laptop distribution process, they will be prompted to complete an eligibility survey from August 27-September 27.

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